Pelican crossings are a type of pedestrian crossing that uses traffic lights to control when pedestrians can cross the road. They are named after the portmanteau “pedestrian light controlled crossing”.
How Pelican Crossings Work
Pelican crossings have two sets of lights: one for pedestrians and one for drivers. The pedestrian lights have a red man and a green man, and the driver lights have a red light, an amber light, and a green light.
How to Use a Pelican Crossing as a Pedestrian
1. Approach the crossing and look for the pedestrian lights. 2. If the pedestrian light is red, wait for it to turn green. 3. Press the button on the black and yellow box. 4. Wait for the pedestrian light to turn green and the driver lights to turn red. 5. Cross the road when it is safe to do so.
How to Use a Pelican Crossing as a Driver
1. Approach the crossing and look for the driver lights. 2. If the driver light is red, stop. 3. If the driver light is amber, slow down and be prepared to stop. 4. If the driver light is green, proceed through the crossing, but be careful of pedestrians who may be crossing.
Tips for Using Pelican Crossings
- Be aware of your surroundings and be prepared to stop for pedestrians.
- Give pedestrians plenty of space to cross the road.
- Be patient and don’t rush through the crossing.
- If you are driving, be aware of the driver lights and be prepared to stop if necessary.
Why Are They Called Pelican Crossings?
Pelican crossings were originally called pelicon crossings. This was a portmanteau name for “pedestrian light controlled crossing”. The name was later shortened to pelican.
Other Types of Pedestrian Crossings
In addition to pelican crossings, there are other types of pedestrian crossings in the UK. These include:
- Zebra crossings: Zebra crossings have no traffic lights. Pedestrians have right of way when they are on the crossing.
- Toucan crossings: Toucan crossings are like pelican crossings, but they also allow cyclists to cross.
- Puffin crossings: Puffin crossings are like pelican crossings, but they have sensors that detect when pedestrians are waiting to cross. This means that the lights will change to green for pedestrians even if there is no button to press.
- Pegasus crossings: Pegasus crossings are like toucan crossings, but they have sensors that detect when horses are waiting to cross. This means that the lights will change to green for horses even if there is no button to press.
Pelican crossings are a safe way for pedestrians to cross the road. By following the tips in this article, you can help to make sure that everyone uses these crossings safely.
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